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Libya seeks cooperation with US to reduce impact of floods

September 20, 2023 at 4:59 pm

An aerial view of devastation after the floods caused by the Storm Daniel ravaged the region, in Derna, Libya on September 17, 2023 [Halil Fidan/Anadolu Agency]

Libya, on Wednesday, underlined the importance of cooperation with the United States to reduce the impact of the deadly floods that killed thousands in the North African country, Anadolu Agency reports.

Head of the Tripoli-based government, Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh, met in the Libyan capital with Commander of the US Army Africa Command (AFRICOM), Gen. Michael Langley and US envoy to Libya, Richard Norland.

The meeting took up the situation in the eastern city of Derna following the 10 September 10 floods caused by Mediterranean Storm Daniel.

It’s important to coordinate and cooperate with the US government and its organisations in Libya to remove the damage caused [by the floods] in the affected areas, and to contribute to the return of development and stability to the region

Dbeibeh said during the meeting, as cited by a government statement.

The two sides also reviewed a host of other files, including border security, counter-terrorism and Libya’s latest political developments, the statement said.

According to UN figures, nearly 4,000 people have died across Libya due to the devastating flooding, while more than 40,000 people have been displaced.

Derna was hardest hit by the floods, causing the city’s dams to burst, washing away homes and people.

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